Target: Google Play and Trade Digital, Inc.
Goal: Remove “Angry Trayvon” app from availability for purchase or download
Despite escalating racial and political tensions since the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman, the egregiously disrespectful game “Angry Trayvon” resurfaced on Google Play. The app features a young black man named Trayvon who seeks “revenge on the bad guys who terrorize cities every day,” all while donning the now infamous hoodie. The crass game is a slap in the face to Trayvon Martin, a black teen who was fatally shot by Zimmerman, as well as to his family, friends, and supporters.
Trade Digital, Inc., the creators of Angry Trayvon, claim that the game is fictional and ‘by no means racist.’ Yet the similarities between the game and reality are too obvious to deny. Furthermore, the game glorifies the very violence that cost Martin his life; “Trayvon” is to “use a variety of weapons to demolish [his] attackers” who become deadlier with each level passed. Simply put, Trade Digital, Inc. is exploiting Martin’s tragic death for profit.
In response to serious social media backlash, Trade Digital, Inc. temporarily removed the game from Google Play when it was first introduced. Yet it appears that the app has quietly resurfaced and is back for purchase. Condemn Trade Digital, Inc. for creating such an offensive game and shame Google for allowing the app to appear on its website.
Dear Google Play and Trade Digital Inc,
The public responded with outrage when Trade Digital, Inc. and Google Play released the “Angry Trayvon” app. You wisely reacted by removing the game from the website, yet it appears to have resurfaced and is available for purchase yet again. Social media has already made this obvious but to reiterate, the “Angry Trayvon” game is callous and disrespectful to the memory of Trayvon Martin. Trade Digital, Inc. may claim that the game is based on fictional characters yet the public is unconvinced.
Exploiting and attempting to make light of this tragic situation is disturbing and unacceptable. We demand that Trade Digital, Inc. exercise more insight and sensitivity the next time they decide to release a game. We also demand that Google Play act judiciously when choosing which games should be allowed on its platform. The memory of Trayvon Martin deserves to be treated with respect; Trade Digital, Inc. and Google’s lack of judgment is appalling and must be corrected immediately.
[Your Name Here]
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